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PHT Morning Skate: Cherry thinks Kessel was right not to fight Scott

Sep 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Don Cherry thinks Phil Kessel did the right thing by not fighting John Scott on Sunday. Grapes didn’t agree with Kessel’s second slash though. (Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile, Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith was surprised by Scott’s actions. Or, as he put it, “That guy (Scott) is probably the worst player in the league and he goes after a guy like Kessel?” (Ottawa Citizen)

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins’ first major challenge: Figuring out what to do up the middle while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and now Sam Gagner (jaw) recover from their respective injuries. (Edmonton Journal)

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Harry Zolnierczyk entered training camp as something of a long shot to make the team, but he’s gotten coach Dan Bylsma’s attention. (McKeesport Daily News)

The Anaheim Ducks trimmed their training camp roster on Monday and sent Stefan Noesen to AHL Norfolk along with five other players. Noesen was selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was one of the prospects acquired in the Bobby Ryan trade. (

ESPN The Magazine ranked the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, and Ottawa Senators as the top three NHL franchises. (Ottawa Citizen)

  1. hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Lots of good stuff today. Those rankings will get people going.

    I’m so thankful we’re keeping Don Cherry relevant for another year. I wish Hockey Night would can him.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      What did Cherry say that is irrelevant?

      • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        EVERYTHING Don Cherry says is irrelevant. That’s the point.

      • kitshky - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        If that’s what you call a point I’m not sure you know what a point is.

    • imleftcoast - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I agree with about not fighting and the second and third slashes. Still, HNIC should can him. If it had happened to another team, Cherry would already be defending Scott. As it is, he’ll figure out by Saturday that Carlyle is to blame and Scott is doing a job. 180 game, 1 goal and 4 assists is defensible for a goalie, but Cherry will be out there on Saturday dragging the game through the mud to elevate his own brand.

  2. billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    The thing is everyone is assuming Scott was going to fight him, I really think he said that just to scare the crap out of of sissy boy Kessel. He should be punished at least as bad as Kassian, Kassian’s stick was because of his lack of control Kessel’s was on purpose intent to injure.

    • eggserino - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      RIIIIIIGHT… That’s why Scott dropped his gloves. Players drop their gloves all of the time in hockey right before the play starts just to see what it’s like playing professional hockey WITHOUT GLOVES, eh?

      • billsin20xx - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Did he throw any punches at kessel before the little puss boy started swing his stick? Did kessel really crap his pants the minute Scott did drop them? Don’t you think Scott might have done that just to rile them all up? What, it took two maple laff’s to hold him so kessel could hit him with the stick!

      • eggserino - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Scott never purposely takes off his gloves with any intent other than to punch another player in the head, unless he’s putting on his street clothes or resting between shifts/ periods. That’s what he does. He’s a goon. He’s not an enforcer. He’s straight up goonery. Glad that you guys are paying that guy and my team isn’t.

    • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Except for the whole throwing down his gloves and grasping for him, yeah…that.

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    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Just wanted you to know that you lose a lot of credibility on a hockey site by having a loser football team as your ID. And I live in Buffalo!

      If you’re a Sabres fan, act like it.

  3. amityvillefun - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Scott needs to find another job. He isn’t a hockey player. He’s an ogre on skates.

    Might as well put skates on the Undertaker. “Don’t worry about playing, just beat people up out there.”

  4. canadianguest - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    “Don Cherry thinks Phil Kessel (6’0″ and 202 lbs) did the right thing by not fighting John Scott (6’8″ 270 lbs) on Sunday.”

    This folks, needed to be said.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Kessel isn’t near 6’0

      I don’t know where that’s coming from

      • bigblackzaranek - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Probably their media guide/ everywhere else…

  5. operwapitsai - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    so uh… pens, ducks, sens? what is this report even based on???

    • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM


      I’m aware of the irony.

  6. pizzaman77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The whole Scott/Kessel situation could have been avoided had the fight prior not gone the way it did. The Toronto kid didn’t let up and realize the Buffalo player was vulnerable towards the end of the fight where he started losing his balance and then hit his head on the ice. This isn’t going to win much approval but you watch the video, fans are wildly cheering as the Buffalo player laid on the ice, obviously seriously injured..think that may have played a role in the way things escalated

    • imleftcoast - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      If Bettman and Shanny were honest, the fight before would be a huge factor. It was a bit of a disgrace. Scott was out there after to scare the crap out of Kessel because nobody in the league, the media or fan base believes the league would do anything. That’s why they settle it on the ice. In a cya move, Shanahan could throw the book at Rolston and Scott. In truth, the league should look at why John Scott is still in the league and there are staged fights, especially after the NFL’s $750m settlement.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        What does the NFL settlement have to do with the NHL. The amount of idiots who continue to cite this as some sort of guide to remove fighting is ridiculous.
        The basis of the suit has nothing to do with fighting or illegal headshots.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    CSI Ottawa probably was the reason Ottawa is in the top 3 behind the Ducks & Pens

  8. slysipops - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    maybe KESSEL should have just enticed SCOTT to come after him and skate in circles until SCOTT tripped over his own skates .he could have then jumped on top of him and held on and looked like a hero of sorts?

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